A high-scoring Philadelphia Phillies anniversary
May 29, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The Philadelphia Phillies mascot the Phillie Phanatic watches the game from the dugout roof during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Red Sox 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
If Cole Hamels should ever find himself with 14 runs of the support provided by the Philadelphia Phillies, most would assume that would be a done deal. Hamels certainly wasn’t pitching for the Phillies in game four of the 1993 World Series. On Wednesday, October 20th, 1993 at Veterans Stadium, the Philly Phaithful witnessed a most absurd comeback by the Toronto Blue Jays. Up 14-9 after seven innings, Philadelphia allowed six Toronto runs in the top of the eighth inning. Needless to say, it was a bad day for reliever Mitch Williams, also known as “Wild Thing,” since he was credited with the blown save. Williams was not the only pitcher roughed up in the high-scoring affair. For instance, Blue Jays’ start Todd Stottlemyre gave up six runs in only two innings of work. Len Dykstra drove in four runs from the leadoff spot for the Phillies and leftfielder Milt Thompson drove in five from the seven hole. The 15-14 Phillies’ loss was historic in that it is, to this day, still the highest scoring World Series game ever. The Philadelphia Phillies were also beaten in walk-off fashion on this day in history in their most recent National League Championship Series appearance. The San Francisco Giants broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the ninth after scoring a run off Roy Oswalt. The Giants scattered their six runs over five innings, including the fateful ninth. The Phillies used a four-run fifth along with a tying run in the top of the eighth to stay in it. Jimmy Rollins, who went 1-for-4, committed an error and was picked off in the second inning.